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Susquehanna State Park To Host Rock Run Historic Area Open House

Havre de Grace, Md. (May 4, 2011) — Susquehanna State Park in Harford County will host Rediscover Rock Run, the Rock Run Historic Area open house, from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 7, to highlight recent renovations. The public will be able to preview historic points of interest including the Rock Run Mansion, the Rock Run Grist Mill and the Jersey Toll House.

“Park staff and volunteers will be available to provide tours of the Rock Run Mansion and Grist Mill demonstrations. For children we offer nature programs, a Kids Fish for Fun activity, the Children of Yesteryear relay, and live animals,” said Nicole Merrick, park manager of Rocks, Susquehanna and Palmer State Parks. “Historic craft making opportunities will also be available.”

In the 1800’s the river town of Rock Run flourished with local industries centered on mills, iron forges, fish smokehouses and ice harvesting. Over time, the once essential industries of the past were replaced with modern technology and a constantly evolving culture. What remains of the almost forgotten town is preserved within Susquehanna State Park for the enjoyment of visitors.

This event serves as an opportunity for visitors to get an early preview and participate in some additional activities until the Park’s official opening of Rock Run Historic Area buildings for the season on Memorial Day weekend. For a complete schedule of events visit,

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be available upon request with a seven day prior notice. Pets are not allowed in historic area buildings, but may be kept supervised outside on a leash. A service charge of $2 per vehicle applies (out-of-state registered vehicles add $1). Some special crafts may have an additional charge. This will be a shine only event, to be held weather permitting. There will not be a rain date for this event.

For more information call the Susquehanna State Park office at 410-734-9035 or 410-557-7994.

   May 4, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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